Terry Pratchett

We all learnt this week of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett. I wanted to write a quick post this week discussing what I had taken away from my own reading of Pratchett’s work. My own exposure to Pratchett’s books has so far been through his Discworld novels. Being a complete Christmasphile my favourite Pratchett […]

Some thoughts on #WorldMentalHealthDay

Given that today is World Mental Health Day I thought that I would take the opportunity to offer some of my thoughts about how writing can help to deal with mental health issues. I’m a big supporter of MIND and Time to Change, in fact I’m due to be taking part in this years Great South […]

Harrogate 2014 – #TOPCrime2014

I’m writing this blog post later than I’d hoped as I ended up spending the end the end of July chained to my laptop trying to complete my Camp NaNoWriMo word count. More on that next time! 3 weeks ago I attended Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for the third time. I’ve only just managed to […]

Using a Book as a Tool to Make money

Yesterday I attended an event which was primarily aimed at learning about business and making money. One of the last talks of the day was about how to use a book to this end. It was a completely new slant on the idea of writing a book and publishing it yourself. I preface this by […]

Reading or Writing – How much should we be reading as writers?

I seem to be running back over the theme of lack of time in my posts at present. Although things are finally starting to settle and I’m managing my time better this weeks post is going to touch on the same theme again. Again and again I have been told that if I am going […]

Burning the Candle at Both Ends – Writing and Sleep

So, I curious when do most of you manage to fit in your writing? I’m particularly curious about those of you who, like me also have a full time day job which you need to fit your writing around. I know that I for one fit the majority of it in in the morning and […]

Multitasking – The Pros and Cons of working on multiple manuscripts

So, I currently have two manuscripts on the go. One is a complete manuscript which I am working hard on rewriting and editing, the other is the second half of the manuscript that I began as part of NaNoWriMo in November. Since then I’ve been trying to keep things moving forward on both of them. I’m […]